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Fitbit Ionic is not just a fitness tracker, it’s a smartwatch

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It’s not enough to create a single-purpose watch nowadays — it has to be smart. For Fitbit, a fitness tracker has to be more than what it is, so they created the Ionic.

The Fitbit Ionic marks the official entry of the company into the smartwatch business. While they have the Blaze (which also looks like the Ionic), it’s not a full-fledged smartwatch due to its limitations; the Ionic has support for third-party apps and more.

The new wearable sits on top of Fitbit’s existing portfolio of fitness gadgets like the Alta HR we personally use every day. The Ionic has all the features you could look for in a smartwatch, including a color touchscreen, heart rate sensor, NFC for contactless payments, and water resistance. All of these are encased in a lightweight aluminum chassis with antenna lines for GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Also, it has a promised battery life of over four days, or up to 10 hours while using the GPS. Those are impressive numbers, but real-life usage will definitely be different.

Where the Ionic shines most is in software. Since it’s a Fitbit, it offers a wide-range of health tricks including fitness coaching with personalized workouts, guided breathing, and activity tracking even on water since you can take this to the pool. It’ll track your laps, stroke style, and calories burned. It also shows phone notifications like calls, text messages, and calendar appointments.

The watch runs on Fitbit OS, a relatively new and proprietary operating system that’ll serve as the company’s foundation for its smartwatch efforts after acquiring Pebble last December. Developers will be able to create apps for the operating system with full access to all sensors on the device. There’ll be third-party watchfaces, too. Apps will be available through what’s called Fitbit App Gallery, which will be available at launch.

It’ll cost US$ 299 when it gets released sometime in October — making it the most expensive Fitbit device, yet.

SEE ALSO: Fitbit Alta HR review

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Prepare your meals through your phone, fridge using Samsung SmartThings

The kitchen, simplified

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With everything going on in the world, it’s no surprise that people are spending more time in the kitchen and looking out for new recipes.

The good news? Samsung has just the thing to get it sorted quickly and easily. They’re bringing in Family Hub features into mobile users through the SmartThings app.

Samsung’s SmartThings Cooking service helps bring all of your Samsung kitchen appliances together. How? It lets you search, plan, purchase, and meal prep seamlessly through your phone or fridge through the SmartThings app.

On top of that, it recommends customized recipes based on your taste and preferences while considering ingredients available to you. You can scroll through recipe collections when you’re undecided or quickly zero-in on meals that suit your cravings.

SmartThings Cooking, powered by Whisk, is accessible through Samsung’s SmartThings. If you’ve got the Family Hub in your smart kitchen arsenal, there’s no need to fret.

The fridge keeps tabs of what you have and don’t, adding missing ingredients directly to your online grocery cart for at-home deliveries. Not to mention, you can shop through Walmart, Kroger, Instacart, and Amazon Fresh, using the Whisk network.

With SmartThings added to the Family Hub smart fridge, you get to enjoy all the cool features and more! You get to access your other smart kitchen gadgets through widgets on the screen, prioritize most used apps, and feature family photos, notes, and recipes.

And, if cooking is what you’re worried about, Samsung has you covered for even that. SmartThings guides you through easy cooking steps and lets you control cooking modes, temperatures, and time settings with one touch. Leaving you with little room for error.

So, with all that in mind, was it really a surprise to see Samsung’s Family Hub win its sixth consecutive CES Innovation Award this year? For us, not quite.

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ColdSnap is a machine that makes you ice cream at home

It’s a mood

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Last year and this upcoming one has been a downer. So, when the daunting reality of our world taking its time keeping us all in misery hits you, a treat to numb the pain helps. I mean, we could also curl up into a ball and cry but ice cream while curled up into a ball while crying is the way to go.

Meet ColdSnap: an ice-cream-making gadget by Sigma Phase at CES 2021. It works like coffee pod machines but instead of coffee, it serves ice cream and other frozen treats from recyclable aluminium pods.

From frozen cocktails, fruit smoothies, and classic ice cream, this gadget has all the chill in its arsenal to keep you happy or the very least, sane. The pods look like slim cans that have built-in QR codes to make the liquid mix freeze to the perfect consistency in about 60 to 90 seconds. And, if you’re lactose intolerant, there’s no need to have your gut on the line. ColdSnap offers non-dairy options like oat milk ice cream.

ColdSnap is still in the prototype stage and won’t be available until 2022. When it hits retail, it’s expected to cost somewhere between US$ 500 and US$ 1,000 with the pods costing somewhere between US$ 2.50 to US$ 3.

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Lora DiCarlo brings in innovative, heated vibrators at CES 2021

Inspired by the human warmth

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Sex tech company Lora DiCarlo showcased a new lineup of innovative, heated vibrators at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021. Meet Drift, Tilt, and Sway, dubbed as “The Warming Collection”.

Inspired by human warmth, the new model mimics the heat we experience from our partners’ bodies. Lora DiCarlo used a nylon-based thermally conductive polymer and its WarmSense Technology, simulating body temperature.

Through this innovation, these gadgets internally heat up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and use three vibration patterns with seven intensity settings for one-of-a-kind pleasure. Despite the heating technology, these devices are completely waterproof up to one meter.

Drift

Perfect for beginners, Drift is a curved, handheld bullet vibrator with an ergonomic design, ideal for G-spot and clitoral exploration.

Tilt

Next in line is the dual vibration plug Tilt. It’s the versatile, middle child in the new lineup, designed to please all genders and anatomies. It simultaneously stimulates your G-spot and clitoris, or your P-spot and perineum.

Sway

Sway is a wand-shaped dual vibration warming massager. Its dual-ended design can be used internally or externally, with or without a partner.

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